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Once Upon a Time, Not So Very Long Ago…

The Glass Slipper. The Prince. The Ball. The Gown. (The Rats) The Cinderella Story, Reimagined By New York Times Bestselling Author Eloisa James
Avon Books
ISBN 978-006-1626845 On-Sale July 27, 2010 $7.99 US

“Miss. Katherine Daltry, known to almost all as Kate, got down from her horse seething with rage. It should be said that the condition wasn’t unfamiliar to her. Before her father died seven years earlier, she found herself sometimes irritated with her new stepmother. But it wasn’t until after he was gone, and the new Mrs. Daltry – who had held that title for a matter of mere months – started ruling the roost, that Kate really learned the meaning of anger.”

And thus begins A KISS AT MIDNIGHT by New York Times Bestselling author Eloisa James (Avon Books, ISBN 978-006-1626845, on-sale 7/27/10, $7.99 US), a gorgeous reimagining of one of history’s most beloved fairy tales. Kate Daltry had every expectation that Yarrow House would one day be hers…until her father died, and left absolutely everything he had to his new wife, Mariana, and her daughter Victoria…leaving Kate no more than a maid-of-all-work for the two, living in the garret of the house she grew up in. Kate is beset by the rats running amok in the house. No, we do not refer to her stepmother or her lovely – but somewhat thoughtless – stepsister. Nor to the genus Rattus (in strict usage of the label) – but to the three purebred Maltese dogs that prove to be the ankle-biters of fate.

and a wife. When I rip off my power suit. as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.on her double life: “When I'm not writing novels.D.. underneath is the rather tired. when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up. A KISS AT MIDNIGHT By Eloisa James Avon Books ISBN 978-006-1626845 On-Sale July 27. Kate (of the freckles.. to be precise) bit poor Victoria. with power suits for both lives. Princes are equal to men in Kate’s eyes – and she refuses to fawn over the royal bachelor…which only spurs the impossible attraction he feels for this woman. The Taming of the Duke (April 2006) has obvious Shakespearean resonances. So. a Ph. It's like being Superman. It's rather like having two lives. We spend the lazy summer months with his mother and sister in Italy. I used my own fears of premature birth. Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances. a professor. nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference. After graduating from Harvard University. Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century. from the cinders. at a fabulous ball on the family estate. publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Lord Archibald Dimsdale. a cavaliere. chocolate-stained sweatshirt of a mom." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists. from Oxford University. Problem is that dear Archie’s cousin is a prince. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar".99 US About the Author: New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. appalled…and cancel the engagement. 2010 $7. whether it's academic or romantic. I almost always employ my experiences as a mother. work-worn hands and homespun garments) is enlisted to “be” Victoria…to be presented to the prince in the guise of her sister. Eloisa got an M. at the stroke of midnight. It always strikes me as a huge irony that as a romance writer I find myself married to a knight. I often weave early modern poetry into my work. The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance.” . I'll never wear that suit to teach in. Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances. uncoiffed hair. Victoria was to be presented to the cousin of her beloved fiancé. Gabriel Augustus-Frederick William von Achenberg of Warl-Marburg-Baalsfeld. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance. born in Florence. it’s direly important that he not call off the betrothal. no less than his Highness.You see. In her professorial guise. masquerading as who she is not. My husband Alessandro is Italian. This is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy every chance that Kate and Gabriel might have for a happily-ever-after…unless one kiss. for reasons that must go unsaid. Right on the lip. So I'm a writer. later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this. a mother .Phil. who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life. as you say in Italian. And. Kate rises anew. has the power to change everything. who is decidedly not what – or who – she seems to be. I described my own daughter. I'm a Shakespeare professor. And the wound is ungodly ugly – so much so that the Daltry ladies are afraid that the Prince will be shocked. Until one of the ‘rats’ (Caesar. and graces Archie’s arm. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures. as do many of my novels. Currently she is an associate professor at Fordham University in New York City. the same novel might contain bits of Catullus. So. Eloisa.

and the rats are set free to wander wither they wish. this story would be set somewhere around 1813. caught between today and yesterday.Eloisa is a friend. In fact. Please stop by and join the conversation at: http://www.facebook. Sometimes.A KISS AT MIDNIGHT. due to being created by stiffened taffeta. ### . I cannot emphasize too firmly. is a fairy tale.One more thing. This particular Cinderella ends a bit differently. There are many ways that princes found wives. Scholars generally think that Perrault mistook the wood vair (fur) for verre (glass). with girlfriends who are writers and girlfriends who are Shakespeare professors. but it is doubtful that any of them ended with a castle and an English bride in just this way.. I reimagined his slippers as translucent. and once in a blue moon. and carries her off to his castle. they transform into house fairies. And girlfriends who are romance readers. during the Regency. And a final word on Cinderellas: In the wondrously various world of Cinderellas.com/EloisaJamesFans The Romance of the Fairy Tale: Eloisa on the Cinderella Myth On Fairy Tale Time: A fairy tale exists in a kind of timeless hour. she has something of a community going on her website... And on glass slippers: My biggest literary debt lies in Perrault’s version of Cinderella. the evil stepsisters are banished. the pumpkin rots in the garden. The wicked stepmother is never seen again. the prince always manages to find his cinders girl. sometimes they become housemaids in the castle.. A Place in Time: If I had to suggest a date.

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